Breakheart Hill Road is a hiking trail in Washington County and Kent County, Rhode Island. It is a mile long and begins at 334 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 141 feet.
Breakheart Hill Road Professional Reviews and Guides
"Another route within the vast Arcadia Management Area, the Breakheart Trail passes through extensive forest, wide open fields, and marsh. You’ll also skirt around the remnants of an abandoned youth camp now reduced to mostly stone foundations.Toward the end of the route, you’ll pass under the Breakheart Pond spillway, a popular fishing access point. Please note there are several other trail users such as cross-country skiers, snowshoers, ATV users, and anglers."
--Steve Mirsky, Best Easy Day Hikes: Rhode Island (Falcon Guides).
"This ambitious see–Arcadia Management Area woodland loop unites several named trails, visiting Breakheart Pond and traversing the rocky ridge of Mount Tom. It begins beside the Wood River, what scientists consider the wildest river in Rhode Island, and swings past its feeding waters.A side trip on the Ben Utter Trail takes you upstream along the Falls River past onetime mill sites and through laurel to the stair-stepped cascades of Stepstone Falls, a winner by any measure."
--George and Rhonda Ostertag, Hiking Connecticut and Rhode Island (Falcon Guides).
"A mix of footpaths and gravel trails that leads around a pretty pond and up Penny Hill. Another yellow-blazed trail in Arcadia Management Area’s system, the Breakheart Trail passes Breakheart Pond and eventually leads up Penny Hill, which at 370 feet is a fairly significant peak in Rhode Island. Trees block some of the views from the top, but there are outlooks from ledges along the way.Start by following a white-blazed trail east out of the parking area. In 0.3 mile, this trail connects with the yellow-blazed John B. Hudson Trail and the white-blazed J. B. Hudson Trail, which winds north along Breakheart Brook and is often very wet. To stay dry, follow the yellow blazes north to Breakheart Pond at 0.9 mile, one of the larger ponds in the Arcadia area. At the southern end of the pond, you’ll see a fish ladder built into a dam—this allows fish to migrate upstream into the pond and makes the area a popular spot for anglers."
--Christie Matheson, Discover Rhode Island (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
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